There is new helpline in place with Scottish Enterprise for businesses that has been set up for Scotland which is open Monday to Friday 0830 – 17.30hrs – 0300 303 0660 – Callers should select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team.
Scottish Borders Council
Preparing for Reopening:
Preliminary date of 15 July for reopening of most tourism businesses.
Reopening guidance from UKHospitality for Scotland – all you need to know. Click Here
Good to Go – The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark means businesses across the sector can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and check they have the required processes in place. The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across the sector. To obtain the mark businesses must complete a self-assessment through our online platform including a check-list confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before receiving certification and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark for display in their premises and online – Click Here for more information
Business Resources and Supplies:
Hand sanitisers and sanitising sprays from the Scottish Borders: Get in touch with Scotmas for full information on their products. Businesses can arrange group and bulk orders and will receive a discount of 10% for orders over £200
Hand sanitisers and PPE in the Lothians: Lothian Supply Company, has launched a range of custom-made floor and wall-mounted hand sanitising stations to help businesses get back to work.
Hand sanitisers, equipment and PPE: Social Enterprise business Fun and Fit Bike can source PPE and more, and also has a guide on what PPE is right for your business.
Back to Business Webinar: Restarting the tourism sector which took place yesterday with Riddell Graham from VisitScotland, Anna Miller from Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Jemma Reid – MBTAG and Hugh Lightbody from Business Gateway – You can watch it here – more info will be shared on the MBTAG social pages once we receive the FAQ which you may find useful too.
Download FREE “We are Open” signs from the Federation of Small Businesses to show that your business is open for business again
As part of a project initiated by DLP (Destination Leaders Programme), a small group of experienced tourism professionals have spent the last month looking at how different technologies can help visitor attractions and experiences in Scotland adapt and diversify in a post-COVID-19 world. The result of this research is an interactive toolkit, designed to give attractions and experiences inspiration and ideas, as well as recommendations and solutions: Technology solutions for visitor attractions and experiences in a post-COVID-19 Scotland
Please ensure you tie in / sign up to an association that is relevant to your tourism business. It really is worthwhile and there is so much support out there.. For example:
ASSC (Association of Self-Caterer)
ASVA (Association of Visitor Attractions)
Scottish Bed & Breakfast Association
STA (Scottish Tourism Alliance)
Making sure you ARE listed on the www.visitscotland.com page – it is free to list your business and if you are travel trade ready to ensure you have a listing on that section of the website
MBTAG (Midlothian Borders Tourism Action Group) was set up in January 2017 following funding from Scottish Enterprise Tourism Development Fund and the Scottish Government Blueprint. Following the success of the ‘Borders Railway’, which opened in September 2015, it was identified that were was a great opportunity to grow on this success and to help businesses be more tourism ready across the two regions.